The Tandragee Man - 3000 year old statue

Contributed by Cathedral of St Patrick Armagh

The Tandragee Man - 3000 year old statue

The Tandragee Man

Name: Nuada/ Nuadha (of the silver arm)/ Airgedlamh

This stone figure is called the Tandragee Man because it was found in a garden in Tandragee in Northern Ireland. The statue is approximately 3000 years old and thus dates back to the Bronze age. The statue is said to represent an ancient Irish King called Nuadha. Nuadha was ruler of the Tuatha Dé Danann at the time when they first landed on Ireland and challenged the preceding occupants the Fir Bolg to a battle at Magh Tuiredh which resulted in Nuadha losing his arm. The Fir Bolg were defeated and moved westwards to the islands off the west coast namely the Aran Islands, where they built forts to protect themselves. Nuadha then had to stand down as ruler as he was not completely whole in his body, without an arm, and had to give up the kingship to Bres Mac Elatha. He turned out to be a miser which was a quality anathema to the rest of the chieftains and they plotted to overthrow him. The physician Dian Cecht then built Nuada a new arm out of silver and he was able to take up the kingship again from Bres Mac Elatha.

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